How this new LA deacon will serve Catholics on the margins

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 19, 2016 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the estimated 5,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, parish participation can be difficult.From homilies to retreats, normal Church events can be inaccessible to those with auditory disabilities, unless specific accommodations are made in advance.Dr. Tomas Garcia Jr., who has been deaf since childhood, knows these challenges well.And now, he’s helping shed light on some of those … [Read more...]

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What actually makes a marriage invalid?

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A virtual brouhaha erupted Thursday after Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks that “the great majority” of marriages today are null, due to a “provisional” culture in which people do not understand permanent commitment.Although his comment was later revised to say that “a portion” of marriages are null, the question remains: What exactly makes a marriage invalid?“It’s certainly in … [Read more...]

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How can the US counter religious extremism?

Washington D.C., Jun 16, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite secularization in some countries, “the world is becoming more religious” and the United States needs to factor this into its foreign policy, one religious freedom expert said Thursday.“The reality, whether someone likes it or doesn’t like it, is that the world is becoming more religious, not less religious,” Dr. Robert George, former chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, … [Read more...]

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Prayer vigil after Orlando shooting offers unity, hope to mourners

Orlando, Fla., Jun 15, 2016 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of various religious communities came together Monday evening at a vigil to pray for the victims of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting and to comfort those who mourn.“Our presence here is a symbol of hope,” Bishop John Noonan of Orlando said the evening of June 13.He recounted that Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus.“We come tonight because we too weep. We weep for the loss of our brothers and … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing to help victims of the Orlando shooting

Orlando, Fla., Jun 15, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 in Orlando, Catholics have tried to be the hands and feet of Christ in showing mercy to victims and their families and loved ones.“We’re in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. And here we have individuals who are in tremendous need of mercy – the repose of the souls of those who are deceased, the family members, the friends, the tremendous shock that has occurred … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing to help victims of the Orlando shooting

Orlando, Fla., Jun 15, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 in Orlando, Catholics have tried to be the hands and feet of Christ in showing mercy to victims and their families and loved ones.“We’re in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. And here we have individuals who are in tremendous need of mercy – the repose of the souls of those who are deceased, the family members, the friends, the tremendous shock that has occurred … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification cause could soon be moving forward

Peoria, Ill., Jun 15, 2016 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The stalled beatification cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen could soon resume, thanks to a petition by his family members weighing in on where he should be buried.Joan Sheen Cunningham, the archbishop’s oldest living relative, was joined by other relatives of the archbishop in filing the legal petition with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, asking that the body be transferred to Peoria, Illinois.“With the progress … [Read more...]

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